Having spent more than 12 years in jail for murder, Scott Austic was acquitted in 2020, when the Criminal Court of Appeal found that there was "credible, cogent and plausible" reason to believe that crucial evidence against Austic had been planted.
A member of the Stolen Generation – raised by the state and wrongly imprisoned for murder in 1984, Derek Bromley has lived only 45 days free in his adult life. Convicted on the basis of fundamentally flawed evidence, this is the only case in Australia where the prosecution has publicly stated that it will not comply with its legal duties. Still in prison today – he has nearly served 40 years.
Indigenous man, Frank Button, became Australia's first wrongly convicted person exonerated by DNA evidence after he was falsely convicted of rape. Having served ten months, during his time in prison Button was beaten and assaulted.
John Button was wrongfully convicted of the manslaughter of his girlfriend after she was murdered on his 19th birthday. Button served over five years before being released. Serial killer Eric Cooke confessed to the crime in 1964; however, it took another 35 years for his conviction to be overturned when expert evaluation of the crime excluded Button’s car as the cause of death.
Henry Keogh served almost 21 years for a murder which, in fact, had never occurred. Although his conviction was based on the false evidence of Dr Colin Manock, the courts were unable to review the case. Once the law was changed, the state acknowledged he had been wrongly convicted. It was admitted that Chris Kourakis, the current South Australian Chief Justice had hidden evidence for nine years. Once that evidence emerged, Keogh’s conviction was quashed.
Suffering mental illness, vulnerable "drifter," Andrew Mallard, spent 12 years behind bars, facing more than ten years of legal appeals. Wrongfully convicted of murder, his final appeal exposed police corruption and bias in the judicial system. Police later admitted Mallard wasn't responsible for the crime after a cold case review of the murder found shavings of blue paint recovered from the victim's head matched paint from the knapsack of murderer Simon Rochford.
Susan Neill-Fraser is currently imprisoned for the murder of her partner after he went missing on their yacht in 2009. Neither a body nor a weapon have been found, despite this, Neill-Fraser lost her latest bid for freedom in 2021. Now her anticipated application seeking leave to appeal to the High Court has been lodged, hoping to overturn the Tasmanian Court of Appeal dismissal of her case.
Former barrister, Lloyd Rayney, acquitted of murdering his wife, succeeded in a defamation action against the State of Western Australia over police misconduct. Today, 15 years since the murder, police continue to ignore two violent suspects, Allon Lacco and his cousin, Ivan Eades.